The Editors' Premier League Betting Battle 2013/14: Week 10

Luke Moore believes Everton will be celebrating a win on Sunday
Luke Moore believes Everton will be celebrating a win on Sunday

The painful run continues for Mike Norman - he's had instructions to stay positive - but for Joe, Dan and Luke it was good news all round in week nine. Who will emerge smiling after this week's round of fixtures?

"Everton's home record is absolutely imperious - they've taken 28 points from an available 30 in their last 10 home games, with those two dropped points coming against West Brom on the first home game of the season where rustiness was still very much evident."

Dan Thomas

Back Over 2.5 Goals in Newcastle v Chelsea at 1.875/6
Saturday, 12:45
Live on BT Sport 1

Those trusty Saints got me back to winning ways last week with yet another of their games going Under 2.5 Goals, although they could have easily scored more than two against an inept Fulham side.

With Pochettino's men travelling to low scoring Stoke, it's tempting to go in again but not at a price of 1.664/6, so I'm looking to a game where goals should be scored.

BT Sport has chosen Newcastle v Chelsea as its live game for the weekend and you can understand why. 

Newcastle's last six Premier League games have all gone Over 2.5 Goals, while Chelsea have clicked into gear recently, hitting Steaua Bucharest and Cardiff for four at Stamford Bridge and netting three times away at both Norwich and Schalke.

It's a game you'd expect Chelsea to win, but Newcastle should be able to get on the scoresheet with their array of attacking talent, so Over 2.5 Goals at 1.875/6 looks a cracking bet.

Dan Thomas 2013-14 P/L: + £54.59


Joe Dyer

Back a Swansea clean sheet @ 3.185/40
Sunday, 16:00
Live on Sky Sports 1

It's the south Wales derby for me this weekend where I'm looking to the visiting side to bag me a third Betting.Battle win on the trot.

I've been sweet on the Swans all season and though they've lost a few matches so far, the opposition in all four league games has been high-class. 

Michael Laudrup's men are capable of intoxicating possession football and I can see the Swans starving Cardiff of the ball. That should enable them enough chances to win but despite possessing a good range of attacking talent, goals have been a bit tricky to come by. 

But Swansea are strong at the back and, while they could labour in front of goal, they should be able to hold their opponents at arm's length. 

Both teams drew 0-0 last weekend and I fancy we're in for a low-scoring game with Swansea keeping another clean sheet - and at 3.185/40 that will be my bet this week. 

Joe Dyer 2013-14 P/L: + £1.00


Luke Moore

Back Everton to beat Tottenham at 2.568/5
Sunday, 13:30
Live on Sky Sports 1

Although Tottenham have looked great in patches this season and undoubtedly have the makings of a magnificent squad, I am yet to be convinced wholly by them so far. Yes they sit one point ahead of Sunday's opponents and yes they've picked up almost as many points away from White Hart Lane as they have at home, but something says to me that they'll struggle at Goodison Park.

Everton's home record is absolutely imperious - they've taken 28 points from an available 30 in their last 10 home games, with those two dropped points coming against West Brom on the first home game of the season where rustiness was still very much evident.

I don't think there'll be an awful lot of goals in this, I can see Everton seeking to dominate the possession and try and impose themselves on Spurs, who don't tend to concede many. Roberto Martinez's men will need to be wary of Spurs on the break mind, and as long as they can contain that threat I fancy them to win by the odd goal and push me into profit for the first time in this competition.

Luke Moore 2013-14 P/L: - £7.20


Mike Norman

Back Man City to win Both Halves v Norwich @ 2.47/5
Saturday, 15:00

When you're on a dreadful run of form (I'm tempted to say luck but I don't want to bemoan it too much) then the easy option is to look for a 'certainty', a 1.330/100 shot, just to get you back winning again.

Manchester City are even shorter to beat Norwich - 1.21/5 or thereabouts - but I'm banking on them winning both halves against the Canaries. So far at the Etihad this season, City have played five league and cup games domestically, they've won all five, scored 18 goals, and importantly, they've won nine of the 10 halves in which they've contested.

An average of 6.25 goals have been scored between these two clubs in their last four meetings so we can certainly expect goals. Sergio Aguero is in scintillating form and has a good record against Norwich; the Citizens have scored in every one of their last 54 Premier League home games, and Norwich don't score early goals, and don't score often.

Manuel Pellegrini's men will win, Ageuro will almost certainly score again, but I'm hoping City don't look too far forward to their midweek Champions League encounter and that they do Norwich in both halves.

Mike Norman 2013-14 P/L: - £74.50


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Editors' Battle P/L

1. Dan Thomas: + £54.59
2. Joe Dyer: + £1.00
3. Luke Moore: - £7.20
4. Mike Norman: - £74.50

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